Be the 1%


I recently finished the book Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.  I really enjoyed chapter 9 which is entitled "sell out".  In the chapter, he rails against the notion that is wrong to get paid for your work.  On page 168, Austin tells the story of the man who had a guy come up to him after a poetry reading and told him that his poetry reading changed his life.  When he asked him if he wanted to buy a book for five dollars he said, "Nah, that is ok."    Austin Kleon writes that "sold out" is the best sign an artist can put on his work. Reading this chapter reminded me of the Occupy Movement.  My goal is not to be a occupier, it is to create something truly special. If I am paid well for it, that is one measure of my success.  Yes I do want to be the 1%.  My goal is to be the best I can be.

I believe there are two keys to being happy as it relates to your life work.  The first is to find satisfaction in your work and the second is to give back.    Ben Carson said that "happiness does not come from what we get by what we give".  In Luke 12:48 it says, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required."   I won't say yes to any opportunity that will mean more money, but I should say yes to opportunities aligned with my gifts and calling.  By saying yes to more opportunities, you will become great at your craft, find satisfaction in your work and have enough to share.

Be the 1%.  Share a meal, smile or compliment.  If you are a singer, share a song.  If you are a friend, share a hug.  If you are wise, share wisdom.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think."